A political commentator who took to social media to question why images of various individuals open carrying firearms should not constitute a “red flag” has, perhaps, damaged his own cause.
The issue of “red flag” laws has become a high priority because of last weekend’s two mass shootings, which left 31 dead.
Leftists and progressives are demanding immediate gun control – some even are calling for forced gun confiscations that would violate the U.S. Constitution.
Their fallback position seems to be “red flag” laws on a national scale. Several states already have adopted them but they still face legal challenges. The new provision in Colorado, for example, tosses due process on the scrap heap, allowing individuals to file a complaint, and get an order for forced confiscation of someone’s weapons, because of what they think.
Then later a court hearing is held on their demands.
Other “red flag” laws have been set up to follow due process, and specify quick judicial hearings for those who complain that they don’t like someone else having a gun.
This week, David Frum, a political commentator and former presidential speechwriter, has been posting images online and asking “Why isn’t this a red flag?”
Why isn’t this a red flag? https://t.co/JD3k7eWojP
— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 7, 2019
But the commentators at Twitter social media feed aggregator Twitchy pointed out he was saying “a guy carrying holstered guns in an area where presumable it’s legally allowed while minding his own business counts as a ‘red flag’?”
Several online commenters, anonymous, joined:
“EducatedHillbilly” said, “Because he’s not doing anything wrong. Harming no one. Why would it be a ‘red flag’?”
And Veterans for Liberty said, “So peacefully exercising a constitutional right is a red flag, David?”
StrangerThanThings explained, “We don’t live life according to the emotional state of the constantly offended.”
AP reports there is a red flag law proposed in Congress, and editorialized that it hasn’t been able to make them law because “of resistance from Republicans.”
AP explained “red flag” laws allow courts to issue temporary orders confiscating guns “based on some showing of imminent danger.”
Republicans, the report said, have been insisting on “some factual showing … that the subject of the order poses a risk of using a firearm to harm.”
A federal plan is being developed.
Most Democrats and some Republicans support the idea, with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, promoting the concept that such confiscation orders could “bridge this issue of the guns and the mental health issue, where you identify somebody who has a mental health history that might not be formally diagnosed, but that people know about.”
Twitchy pointed out From provided “more examples” of “red flags.”
One was a man holding a rifle in a coffee shop. Another was of two children holding “real” guns.
“It turns out Frum might help change some minds, and not in the way he might have hoped,” Twitchy noted.
That came as “rockin lady” said, “Thank you for perfectly proving why we DON’T need #RedFlagLaws.”
“Adeptus Archer” said, “Red Flag laws will instantly be abused to harass and demonize gun owners. Nu uh! 5 minutes later … Open Carry is a red flag.”
Frum, wrote one, is “singly-handedly trying to kill any conservative support for Red-Flag laws.”